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  1. Can I transfer my deer Special Permit points to elk?
    No. You cannot transfer points from one species to another. You also cannot transfer points from one category to another, even for the same species. For example, you cannot transfer Antlerless Elk points to Quality Elk.
  2. Can I donate my Special Permit points to another hunter?
    No. You cannot donate your points. Not even to family members.
  3. How will WDFW spend the new revenue from Special Permits?
    WDFW will use the new revenue to expand hunter access on private lands. The increase in access will lead to more hunting opportunities.
  4. How does Special Permit hunt choices work?
    Thinking about the order and the amount of hunt choices you select is important. The system starts with your first hunt choice and works down your list. If the system has no permits available for any of your hunt choices, your application earns a point and the system moves on to the next applic ...
  5. Will the new Special Permit system still have partnerships?
    The new system has groups instead of partnerships. A group consists of a Group Leader and Group Member(s). You do not have to apply as a group. You can still apply on your own. The maximum group size for each species category: 8 – Deer or Elk 2 – Bear 2 – Mountain Goat, Moose ...
  6. Can I transfer Special Permit points to a different category?
    No. For example, you cannot transfer your points in Youth Deer to Quality Deer.
  7. Why does WDFW award Special Permits?
    Two of the main reasons: 1. Control a species' population size 2. Provide special recreational opportunities
  8. Why did WDFW change the Special Permit system?
    We changed the Special Permit system in 2010 to meet several goals. Providing revenue to expand the Private Lands hunter access program was the main goal. Creating a system that offers more options for hunters was another goal. Lastly, hunters stated their dissatisfaction with the previous syst ...
  9. How does the Special Permit drawing work? I heard you square points. Does that improve my drawing odds?
    Each Special Permit category has a separate random drawing. Building up your Special Permit points gives you a better chance in these drawings. If we compare the drawing to pulling a ticket out of a barrel, building up points gives you more tickets. The system squares your points. That means th ...
  10. How do I build up Special Permit points?
    You build up Special Permit points by buying applications each year. You earn one point for each Special Permit application you buy. You can buy one application for each category each year. For example, if you buy a Quality Deer, Buck Deer, and Antlerless Deer Special Permit next year, you earn ...
  11. Will I lose all my Special Permit points if I do not buy an application this year?
    No. You do not lose your points for not buying or applying each year. Points never expire. Your Special Permit points return to zero when drawn, but only for that category. Your other points remain and carry over. Keep in mind that you only earn points by buying applications each year. You earn ...
  12. If my groupís hunt choice has fewer permits left to award than the size of my group, what happens?
    Your group would not draw that hunt. If one member cannot get the permit, then no one in the group will. If your group submitted more than one hunt choice, the system will consider those other choices. If your group does not draw a permit, each group member earns a point in that category for fu ...
  13. Do I build up one point for each hunt choice I select on my Special Permit application?
    No. You earn one point for each application you buy. Whether you submit one hunt choice or four hunt choices, you still earn one point. You can buy one application for each category each year. If you draw a permit, your points in that category return to zero.
  14. What is the value of building up Special Permit points?
    Building up Special Permit points gives you a better chance in these random drawings. Each Special Permit category has a separate drawing. If we compare the drawing to pulling a ticket out of a barrel, building up points gives you more tickets. The system squares your points. That means that a ...
  15. Do I increase my odds if I apply for a Special Permit with a group instead of on my own?
    It depends. Special Permit group applications average category points for all group members. Group members with fewer points benefit, increasing their odds from the higher group average. You typically have better odds applying on your own for several reasons. Permits need to be available for al ...
  16. What happened to my Special Permit points when the system changed in 2010?
    You did not lose your points. The new system applied your points to each new category. For example, if you had three deer points before the change, the new system applied three points to each new deer category.
  17. How can I build Special Permit points if I cannot hunt this year?
    If you cannot hunt this year, use the Points Option hunt choice to build your Special Permit points. You cannot draw a permit when you submit Points Option. Instead, you earn one point for each category to improve your chance in future drawings. Check the Special Permit Application Instructions ...
  18. Can I still use application cards for Special Permits?
    No. In fact, we do not accept paper applications of any kind. You can buy Special Permits in three ways: 1. Online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/special_permits.html 2. At a License Vendor 3. Call 1-866-246-9453 You can submit Special Permits in two ways: 1. Online at ...